Stockholm chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Stockholm will be the Host City of Eurovision Song Contest in May 2016. This was decided on Wednesday this week by Swedish host broadcaster SVT and European Broad Casting Union (EBU).

Four venues in the Stockholm Globe District

Together with SVT, the City of Stockholm will create a new innovative arena concept, including all four venues – Tele 2 Arena, Ericsson Globe, Hovet and Annexet – in the Stockholm Globe District. This will be a unique concept in Eurovision history.

May 10-14, 2016

“It is an honor to be the host city of Eurovision Song Contest. Stockholm is music. Our city is boiling of activities that revolve around music. Creativity is close to our heart and we want this to be visible during the event. Hosting Eurovision is an opportunity for us to strengthen and stimulate the interest that music creates. We are looking forward to greeting the world to Stockholm in May,” says Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm.

The main events will take place at all four venues in the Stockholm Globe District. The finale will take place in Ericsson Globe on May 10-14, 2016.

“The solution with multiple arenas enables us to produce the Eurovision Song Contest in the Globe, have the press center at the Hovet and the delegations area at the Annex. The Jewel in the Crown is to take Eurovision Song Contest to the next level by incorporating Tele2 Arena during the evening of the finale,” says Martin Österdahl, executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.

Did you know that three of the competing songs during ESC 2015 were written in Stockholm during Song Writing Camp in January? Stockholm is the birthplace of the Swedish music phenomenon, from ABBA to Avicii, and one of the world’s leading music exporters.

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Måns Zelmerlöw

Måns Zelmerlöw, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna 2015 (photo: Warner Music Sweden)

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Source: Stockholm Visitors Board